This program is designed for students wishing to enter a multi-skilled profession which involves assisting healthcare practitioners, under direct supervision, in all aspects of medical practice. Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical procedures, assist with patient care management and often conduct managerial functions. Students who successfully complete this program are prepared to take either the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination offered through the American Medical Technologists (AMT), the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) examination through the National Healthcare Association (NHA), and/or the Nationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).
Accreditation status: Initial accreditation is in process with the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The Medical Assisting Associate of Science Degree Program features accelerated instruction and prepares students with an appropriate foundation of skills and knowledge directly applicable to the healthcare support industry. The program emphasizes writing; computer applications; clinical/laboratory procedures; medical vocabulary; structure and function of the human body; biology and radiography.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010 Edition, states that employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. It states that “the increasing prevalence of certain conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, also will increase demand for healthcare services and medical assistants. Increasing use of medical assistants to allow doctors to care for more patients will further stimulate job growth. Helping to drive the job growth is the increasing number of group practices, clinics and other healthcare facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly medical assistants who can handle both administrative and clinical duties. In addition, medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a consistently growing sector of the healthcare industry. Medical assistants with formal training or experience—particularly those with certification—should have the best job opportunities, since employers generally prefer to hire these workers.”
According to Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2014 (2006, p. 4) produced by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, Labor Market Information, “nearly one-third of the new jobs created between 2004 and 2014 will be in three very large occupational groups.” One of the large groups, Healthcare Support Occupations is projected to grow at a fast rate of 24.4 percent because of the need to care for aging Kentuckians due to their longer life expectancy.
This program is offered 100% online or in a blended format. Students living within a reasonable distance of Midway College are expected to attend a clinical skills lab on campus prior to beginning Externship.
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|General Education Requirements||25|
|Medical Assisting Requirements*||22|
|Clinical Procedures for Medical Assisting (MAST 100)||3|
|Laboratory Procedures I (MAST 115)||4|
|Medical Office Management (MAST 120)||3|
|Laboratory Procedures II (MAST 200)||4|
|Externship I (MAST 205)||4|
|Externship II (MAST 210)||4|
|Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Programs (BIO 100)||3|
|General Biology I (BIO 103) (Fulfills Natural Sciences requirement)||0|
|General Biology I – Lab (BIO 104)
(Fulfills Natural Sciences requirement)
|Microbiology for Medical Programs (BIO 110)||3|
|Medical Vocabulary (BIO 204)*.||2|
|General Psychology (PSY 180)
(Fulfills the Behavioral or Sociological Sciences requirement)
|Math for Meds (MA 106)||3|
|Software Applications (CS 235)||3|
*A minimum grade of "C" in all major courses required for graduation.